Jan. 14, 2019 Weekly memo

In this week’s Weekly Memo: 

  • March for Life, national and Midwest
  • VIRTUS database updating announcement
  • Bishop’s prayer intention for January
  • Breaking the Silence of Abuse
  • Jan. 17: National rosary for healing and protection
  • Jan. 21: Creighton Model introductory session in St. James
  • Jan. 25-27, 2019: Retrouvaille
  • Jan. 29-30: NCEA Day of Giving for Catholic Schools
  • Feb. 2: World Day for Consecrated Life
  • Feb. 4-8: St. Basil Chant School with updated information
  • March 5: Catholic Charities Advocacy Day
  • First Sunday, monthly: Latin Mass in the extraordinary form
  • Second Saturday, monthly: Creighton Model FertilityCare Introductory Sessions
  • Deadlines for Catholic Missourian, including for Lenten events
  • Misal Romano resources: audio and text for cantors and clergy
  • Catholic Charities request
  • Sacred Heart, Columbia offering chairs


Bishop McKnight’s messages


March for Life

On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, we have many opportunities to witness for life. Please consider using this information in your bulletins and on social media. Father Paul Clark, moderator for pro-life ministry, reminds the clergy that their witness of presence at these events, especially the local rally on Feb. 2, is important. A full schedule of the Feb. 2 Midwest Rally for Life follows the suggested bulletin announcements.

Please pray for all of those traveling this week to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National March for Life, especially the five buses of people representing the Diocese of Jefferson City. The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17 to Friday morning, Jan. 18, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will gather at the Shrine to pray for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life, taking place the following day. Those unable to go in person to Washington, D.C. to participate are encouraged to join in prayer for 9 Days for Life, Jan. 14-22.

Midwest March for Life: Kristan Hawkins, President of the National Students for Life of America, will be the keynote speaker for the MidWest March for Life, which will be held Feb 2,  7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Missouri State Capitol rotunda and St. Peter Church.  Please watch for further updates or go to www.midwestmarchforlife.com or call 573-340-8444 for more information.

One aspect of the Midwest March for Life will be a special presentation for young people, from sixth grade through college, on “Joining the Pro-life Generation.” It will be on Feb. 2, 1-2:45 p.m. at St. Peter Selinger Center cafeteria. Registration is required so adequate material can be prepared: call 573-340-8444.

Midwest March for Life
Feb. 2, Missouri state capitol and St. Peter
7:45 a.m. – 3  p.m. – Exhibit Hall: Thirty Life Affirming Booths and Vendors
9:30 a.m. – Pre-rally outside St. Peter Exhibit Hall
10 a.m. – March begins from St. Peter Exhibit Hall
10:45 a.m. – Rally at Capitol Rotunda
Noon – Lunch at St Peter Exhibit Hall
1-2:45 p.m. – Student Seminar “Joining the Pro-Life Generation” St. Peter Exhibit Hall
3 p.m. – Mass for Life at St. Peter Church

Safe environment (VIRTUS) updates

Parishioners are updating their information in the diocesan database for our safe environment program, VIRTUS. Parishes and schools may want to consider providing the following information to parishioners in your bulletin or on social media:

The Catholic Church in the United States is committed to providing safe environments in all of our ministries and activities, especially those involving children and youth. The Diocese of Jefferson City, in compliance with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, requires all who work or volunteer in ministries or activities involving young people to complete a background check every five years.  The background check database has been manually kept until just recently.  The diocese is now utilizing an online data base to complete forms.  If your background check has expired or is about to expire, you will receive an email from Virtus Online.  It is important to follow the directions and fill out the form.  You will be asked to print the form and mail it to Jefferson City (the information is all in the email).   It is important that you do this as soon as you receive the email or you will not be able to continue to volunteer in our parish or school.  Thank you for completing this process and helping us provide a safe environment for our children.


Prayer Intention for January

“For the gift of peace within families, our community and the world: that violence shall cease and the destruction of human life from conception until natural death will be no more. ”

“Por el don de la paz en las familias, en nuestra comunidad y en el mundo entero: que cese la violencia y que la destrucción de la vida humana no exista más, desde la concepción hasta la muerte natural.”

Please be so kind as to make this a part of your group and private prayer. Please add this intention to your parish bulletins and newsletters as well as to your parish Eucharistic Adoration Chapels. Graphics for bulletin inserts and social media are available online and below.

Breaking the Silence of Abuse

As a Diocese, we are committed to breaking the silence of abuse. When someone is reporting abuse, we must acknowledge their pain and how difficult it is to talk about it. False allegations are very rare. Our initial response to someone who is disclosing abuse for the first time must be compassionate. For those who need to report abuse, encourage them to contact our Victims Assistance Coordinator, Nancy Hoey, and to make use of the appropriate State of Missouri hotline or the Attorney General’s clergy abuse online form. All of this information is also on our website, under the ‘report abuse’ tab.

For those who want information, or want you to convey a message to Bishop McKnight, please encourage them to use the ‘reach us’ form on our diocesan website, diojeffcity.org. Assure them every submission is read.

We have also created graphics you can use in your parish bulletins or on your website with the information on how to report abuse. They are linked below:

English for web
English for print
Spanish for web
Spanish for print

Thank you to all. Each of us has a role in healing the pain of abuse. Let us continue to pray for one another.




Jan. 17: National rosary for healing and protection

Please join Bishop Shawn McKnight and other Catholics across the United States in praying a rosary for healing and protection for those affected by sexual abuse. The rosary will be livestreamed on the diocesan Facebook page (@DioJeffCity) on Jan. 17, 1 p.m. Below are graphics for use in bulletins, on social media and on diocesan websites.




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Jan. 21: Creighton Introductory Session

A free introduction to the Creighton method of Natural Family Planning will be held Jan. 21, 6 p.m., in St. James. Please contact Marca Stephens, *protected email* or 573.247.8624 to register.

Jan. 25-27, 2019: Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille, a weekend retreat, is for couples with marital problems seeking help. Those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced are encouraged to consider the Retrouvaille program. There is always hope of reviving your relationship. The next weekend is available in Kansas City Jan. 25-27. You can find more information online at www.helpourmarriage.org.

Jan. 29-30: NCEA Day of Giving

Parishes and schools are encouraged to use the graphics attached below to promote the NCEA Day of Giving for Catholic Schools, to benefit our children in Catholic schools, both in our own diocese and throughout the country.

Feb. 2: World Day for Consecrated Life (celebrated Feb. 2-3)

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Feb. 2. This feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. Please consider using the following resources for that weekend:

Prayers of the Faithful

For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…

For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…

Bulletin announcement

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Saturday, Feb. 2, and in parishes on the weekend of Feb. 2-3. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.

Feb. 4-8: St. Basil Chant School

The 10th Annual National Winter Pastoral Chant Conference will be held Feb. 4-8 at St.Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana. You can find more information here. Learn about the use of English chant in parishes from the experts!

March 5: Catholic Charities Advocacy Day

First Sunday, monthly: Latin Mass in the extraordinary form

Latin Mass in the extraordinary form is celebrated the first Sunday of every month at noon at St. Brendan, 615 S Washington St., Mexico, MO.

Second Saturday, monthly: Creighton Model FertilityCare Introductory Sessions

Creighton Model FertilityCare Introductory Sessions offered every second Saturday monthly, at noon in the parish center next door to Mary Immaculate Church in Kirksville.  There is no charge for the Introductory Session, but attendees must register by calling 660-665-2466 or writing to oc.li1550576782amg@e1550576782racyt1550576782ilitr1550576782efOME1550576782N1550576782

The Catholic Missourian print schedule

The Catholic Missourian newspaper will be publishing a print edition on the following dates in 2019. Please remember to plan ahead when requesting advertising space: The deadline for space reservation in any print issue is 10 business days prior. For those parishes/councils wishing to have their fish fry ads published during Lent, the publish dates during Lent are: February 22, March 8, March 22 and April 5. Contact Kelly Martin as soon as possible to reserve your space – gro.y1550576782ticff1550576782ejoid1550576782@ezit1550576782revda1550576782 or 573-635-9127.

January 11 & 25

February 8 & 22

March 8 & 22

April 5 & 19

May 3, 17 & 31

June 14 & 28

July 12 & 26

August 9 & 23

September 6 & 20

October 4 & 18

November 1, 15 & 29

December 13 & 20




Stay in the know with Catholic Charities

Please consider placing this in weekly bulletins and on social media:
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has launched a new weekly email newsletter.  To keep up with all the happenings at CCCNMO, subscribe here: https://mailchi.mp/3a514fbab58c/cccnmo

Misal Romano resources

Audio recordings of the chants of the Misal Romano are being made available.  Pedro Rublacava is leading this effort and he is still in the process of recording; batches are being uploaded at least twice a month.  Here is the link to those uploaded so far: https://www.ocp.org/en-us/chants-del-misal-romano-order-of-the-mass

Texts in pdf format are avaiable on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/la-santa-misa/musica-para-el-misal-romano.cfm

These texts and musical notations may be ideal for priests, deacons, cantors, and others who wish to rehearse the chants.

Chairs available

If you are in need of extra chairs, please contact the Sacred Heart Church in Columbia. The chairs have a metal frame, high backs, cloth seats, and are stackable (see attached photo). There are approximately 75-80 chairs. The chairs are free but if anyone would like to make a free will donation that would be appreciated. If you are interested, please call the parish office at 573-443-3470.